The Wimbledon finals were a few weeks ago and while my favourite, Rafa, lost in the second round, I still watched most of the other matches. Fans and the media obviously made a fairly big deal about his early loss, but the farther away you are from winning, the less you have to lose. So I don’t think he was too disappointed. Instead, just happy to go on vacation.
The final was between Roger Federer and Andy Murray and since the British haven’t had a winner at the Wimbledon since 1936 the pressure was on for Murray. Technically, he was 3 tennis games away from changing this at the final. And he did come quite close, but in the end Federer was closer to perfection than Andy. Murray’s tears showed how tough coming so close and falling just short is.
It’s the eve of the 2012 Olympics and leaving aside the oddly designed logo, the sadness that Rafa can’t participate and all the other controversies that are created before a major sporting event, we’re sure to see amazing moments of triumph and loss. But each athlete has trained, possibly their entire lives, to be perfect for this one event and it’s their time to shine.
Here is one of my favourite and most inspiring sports ads featuring Nadia Comăneci and Nastia Liukin. (Nadia was the first female gymnast to ever score a perfect 10 and Nastia was the 2008 Olympic individual all-around champion)
But while watching professional athletes battle it out in various arenas often seems like a distant dream for most of us, Nike tells us that “greatness is wherever someone is trying to find it.”
Go find your greatness.